A journal of the experiences of a retired American who moves to the Highlands of Panama to start a new life. He did his research and found that Panama is a very inexpensive place to live and has great people. Everything is fine in the beginning as he roams the countryside, makes friends with the locals, eats lunch daily at favorite cafes, volunteers at the doggie sterilization clinic, and buys a run-down house to fix up. But things begin to unravel when he opens a restaurant and finds his new business partners to have mercurial and vindictive personalities. Then his new real estate venture partner turns out to have a dark side, which forces their first real estate deal to fall through at the last minute, an ugly incident for all involved. In the end he leaves Panama a depressed and lonely man being hounded by a screwball Canadian expat who, while trying to buy his partially remodeled house, becomes involved with his ex-business partners in an outlandish scheme to have him arrested on totally fabricated charges. The true story of one retirees' adventures in the fast changing expat haven of Panama.